Sunday, January 25, 2015

It's A Mess


The film “American Sniper” has generated a lot of controversy. That's good. The issues raised in the controversy are important. I'm not going to tell you what you think about that. That is your responsibility, but whatever conclusion you reach, I pray that you will examine with courage and clarity the source of the assumptions that brought you to whatever conclusion you reach.

The ultimate weakness of violence,” observed Martin Luther King, Jr., “is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.” 

"A working definition of insanity", said Albert Einstein, "is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."Are we doing it wrong?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, "It's a Mess" by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Eli's Coming

We shall not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder. We've become so taken with our abilities to puzzle out the world's wonders that we stand in peril of losing the ability to be awed. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Eli's Coming by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.
 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Dragon of Chaos

The events in France once more focus our attention, as Christians, on our own internal narrative -- our understanding of the way the world works. It is to that internal narrative that we turn to tell us what our reaction to the horrors the news media bring us daily. What do we think a just reaction to terrorism would be?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Dragon of Chaos by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Whole World in His Hands

Best laid plans of mice and men. I spent the weekend in the hospital and I'm still not recovered. I can offer only the text of this week's sermon.


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands by clicking  HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Brother Buzzkill

I don't want to be Brother Buzzkill, but we tend to get so excited about Christmas and our family traditions that we lose sight of the underlying story, which refuses to remain in the manger where we are content, but leads to the cross. We owe it to ourselves to be a bit more careful about that which is entrusted to our care. This week, coming to you from the gathering room at King's Daughters' Home for Seniors.
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Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Brother Buzzkill by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nailing God


Elie Wiesel said, “Whenever an angel says ‘Be not afraid!’ you'd better start worrying. A big assignment is on the way.” Mary is about to have her hands full. 
 
Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Nailing God by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Gospel Plow

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By acknowledging that we and the structures we create are good, bad, and salvageable—all at once—we are freed from the temptation to demonize those who do evil. We can love our enemies or nation or church or school, not blindly, but critically, calling them back time and again to their own highest self-professed ideals and identities."1

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Gospel Plow by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

1The Powers That Be (Theology for a New Millennium) (Walter Wink)


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